The Black Haven Film Festival returns to New Haven for the second year

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It’s a celebration of the performance, the art and the artists who create it, and it returns to New Haven for its second annual event. The Black Haven Film Festival is scheduled for September 18 at Dixwell Plaza in New Haven, and starting at 7 p.m., the festival will feature nominated shorts created by local black filmmakers.

Black Haven Founder and Executive Director Salwa Abdussabur said in an email that the festival is “the fulfillment of Black Haven’s vision for a collaborative space where black art is supported, funded, seen, celebrated and held to the status he rightly deserves “.

The festival is also meant to be a forum for black artists to network and showcase their work, according to Isaiah Edwards, the festival’s chief curator and Black Haven’s creative partner.

“We wanted to create a safe space where black artists could showcase their work and be connected as a community,” he said in an email, adding that he believed black creatives had long been “stifled. “.[d]”And their stories” stifle[d]. “


Artists featured this year include Brennan Maine, a multimedia artist who focuses on bringing the natural world into digital space; Gerald Lovelace, choreographer, cinematographer, photographer and creative director of Meriden; Karl D. Gray, Jr., an artist who uses photography, poetry, and film; Jeffrey Dobbs, UConn graduate specializing in 3D animation; and Kolton Harris, a multidisciplinary artist who is a program manager at the CT Office of the Arts.

Abdussabur and Edwards noted that those in attendance can expect “raw emotions and common self-reflection” from the works of the artists featured this year and see art beyond the mainstream.

“We hope that participants will take away the fact that local and community art is just as valuable as art from elitist institutions,” said Abdussabur. “We want to continue to create opportunities for black artists to present their work in a way that has never been seen before.”


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